Catherine Bearder MEP has written to her constituency newspapers ahead of this Saturday's Earth Hour. Please see the full text below.
At 8.30pm on Saturday 26th
March lights will go off around the globe for Earth Hour.
Starting in 2007 when 2.2 million people in Sydney turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change, today Earth Hour is a global sustainability movement. Last year a record 128 countries took part.
I hope as many people as possible will participate this Saturday. In the UK we use a significant amount of energy unnecessarily. We've all left the TV on when we're not watching it, or perhaps the radio, or maybe we've forgotten to turn the lights off when we walk out the front door.
Turning everything off for one hour shows us how easy it is to cut down our energy use - to get out of our unsustainable habits. Not only will it help to protect our planet, it will also lower our energy bills and leave a bit more money in our pocket.
If all of us make an effort to minimise the energy we waste then we'll take a huge leap towards sustainable living. For more information go to www.earthhour.org
It's a little effort that will make a huge difference.
Member of the European Parliament for South East England